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Alabama’s depth at the running back position takes another hit, as four-star freshman Desherrius Flowers has been ruled ineligible and won’t be on the field this fall. Stu McCan, sports reporter for ABC 33/40, released the information Wednesday concerning Flowers.
Flowers, who stands at 6-foot-1, 211 pounds, was a January 2015 enrollee. He participated in spring practice, and recorded a catch in Alabama’s spring game. Flowers attended Vigor High School in Mobile, Ala., prior to enrolling at the University of Alabama.
He totaled 2,021 rushing yards with 19 touchdowns from scrimmage in his career. ESPN 300 listed Flowers as the No.10 running back and No.6 player in the state of Alabama.
UA announced that it has discovered an eligibility issue, and Flowers won’t be cleared to enroll this fall. This puts a lot of added pressure on five-star freshman running back Damien Harris.
Harris, a native of Berea, Ky., logged 6,717 career rushing yards with 111 touchdowns at Madison Southern High School. He is currently enrolled on campus, and looks to scratch some carries from junior running back Derrick Henry in 2015.
Alabama returns senior Kenyan Drake and redshirt freshman Ronnie Clark this fall. The timetable for freshman running back Bo Scarbrough’s (knee) return is promising.
To add more news, Alabama’s head coach Nick Saban released a status on sophomore defensive back Jonathan Cook. Saban said Cook is “no longer a member of the team.”
He didn’t release a reasoning for the decision, but Cook did play in three games last season as a redshirt freshman.
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